The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed counterfeit drugs, cosmetics, and food items worth over N613 million in Kano State.
The NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye represented by Mr. Kingsly Ejiofor, the Director of Investigation and Enforcement reportedly said that the fake products were seized by operatives of the agency during various operations in the state.
According to Adeyeye, the North-West zonal destruction of fake, counterfeit, and unwholesome products including substandard, fake, falsely labeled medicines, unwholesome processed food products, and cosmetics seized from manufacturers, distributors, and importers was carried out in Dambatta, Kano state.
Adeyeye reportedly said that the expired drugs were handed over voluntarily by complaint companies, Non-Governmental Organisations, Trade Unions, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), and National Association of Proprietary and Patent Medicines Dealers (NAPPMED).
Adeyeye reportedly said that the estimated value of the products being destroyed is N613,300,290.00 covering drugs such as antibiotics, antihypertensive, antimalarial, herbal remedies, psychoactive, and controlled substances.
Other products destroyed are foods such as spaghetti, vegetable oil, non-alcoholic beverages, sachet water, and cosmetics such as creams, pomade, and insecticides.
According to Adeyeye, the destruction would help to eliminate the risk of the products reintroduced into the market which would cause economic sabotage and pose a serious threat to public health.
Adeyeye reportedly said that the agency is adopting a proactive approach by engaging political, traditional, and religious leaders in sensitizing their wards on the dangers of drug abuse.
Adeyeye reportedly said that the Agency will ensure continuous surveillance on these products and enforce the regulations governing these products in Nigeria while commending security agencies and other stakeholders for their support.